Per toeval stuitte ik op een brief die voorgelezen moest worden in het geval dat het mis zou gaan met de maanlanding van de Apollo 11. Dienstbaar werk, schrijven voor het geval dat het misgaat in plaats van twitteren dat het mis aan het gaan is of er na afloop over zeuren op een blog. De brief is online te vinden, dus helemaal per toeval was het niet.

to: H.R. Haldeman, from: Bill Safire – July 18, 1969


Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding. They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown. In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man. In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.